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Minister leads agritech mission to China

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David Carter
David Carter

Wellington, March 22 NZPA - Agriculture Minister David Carter leaves tomorrow on a trade mission to China, leading a delegation of technology companies.

The trade mission will visit Beijing, Inner Mongolia and Heilongjian in northern China, dairy producing provinces which have links to New Zealand.

"The governments of both our countries are working closely together in the areas of agriculture and food safety," Mr Carter said today.

"The trade mission will build on this growing cooperation and bring to China expertise and innovation from some of New Zealand's leading agritech companies."

Mr Carter said New Zealand was one of the world's most efficient producers of food, and its expertise in pasture management, animal husbandry, genetic improvement, dairy production, testing and processing was internationally sought after.

While he is in Beijing, Mr Carter will hold a range of meetings with senior Chinese ministers and business leaders, and sign a dairy cooperation agreement with the Chinese government.

A total of 12 companies are taking part in the trade mission, including Fonterra, PGG Wrightson, AgResearch, AsureQuality and Massey and Lincoln Universities.

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